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The Neopian Times Week 27 > Articles > An Investigation on the Tyrannian Language

An Investigation on the Tyrannian Language

by horsechicklet

In light of some fascinating articles I have read recently on the Tyrannian language, I decided to investigate this language myself. After all, the Neopian Public Schools cannot wither away as they have been doing with no substantial language departments. I hope that this article, as well as its predecessors, will encourage you to delve deeper into the realm of Tyrannia to uncover the mystery of its language, known only by the few natives that inhabit Tyrannia.

Fortunately my Chomby, Lieaea, was willing to help. The following is an account of she remembers about being born in Tyrannia:

I was really young, but the natives took care of me. They would speak to each other in Tyrannian, but they spoke to all the new-born Chombys in their limited English. I remember my eldest littermate asking to learn some words in Tyrannian. The answer he received was 'No, no, no. No good Tyrannian. Learn English'. This leads me to believe that the natives do not approve of their language. They seem to think that English is better. I also know that all Tyrannian words sound very similar. I think the language is phonetic, and they mostly sound things out and guess the meaning. Of course they do memorise whole phrases that mean one thing.

I thanked Lieaea and invited her to come with me on an extended tour of Tyrannia, in hopes that the natives would be more friendly to me if I had a Chomby by my side. Lieaea agreed happily, so we set out for the land "down under".

After arriving in Tyrannia, Lieaea and I visited the Tyrannian Food shop. The shopkeeper greeted us saying, "Ugga Ugga Ug!" Which I assumed meant welcome. We shared a most delicious Cactus Blossum and then Lieaea and I exited the shop using the sign that said 'Ugga here a-ugga Tyrannia', meaning "go here to return to Tyrannia." I think that adding a- in front of a word may mean 'to return' or 'to go back'. Next we visited the Keno, but it appears to be a more modern game and displayed no Tyrannian words whatsoever, so Lieaea and I quickly headed over to the village of Tyrammet. All the Neopets dwelling in this village spoke Tyrannian, unfortunately only Kyruggi spoke English and we were unable to get a meeting with her, so we left unable to decipher the things that the natives were telling us. The furniture store, I might add, was exactly the same as the food shop. The cave paintings were fascinating, but didn't speak Tyrannian. So we played Switch-A-Roo. The game warden said "Aka aka UMBUKU!". I wonder if Umbuku means Switch-A-Roo. You know, um-Bu-Ku? Hmm.

Back home, I felt discouraged. I had only noticed a few simple phrases, most of which had been used in other articles on the Tyrannian language. That's when my Faerie Uni, Twiliyte, suggested that I check the Neopedia. Scanning articles in the Neopedia proved a complete success (Thanks, Twi!). Here are some of the phrases I came up with.

"Aka… Gal Uggh Uggh!"-quote Kay-Jay, M*YNCI. Translation? "Aw man…has anybody seen my hair gel?" I believe that "aka" is a pre-word that precedes the asking of a question to a specific person or general audience. For example, you could say "Aka… where's my homework?!" The word implies slight distress as well. I also quote from Sabre-X, "Ugg Bugga Nugga Ugg… Uggah!" which means, "I love the smell of a freshly-fired Frost Cannon in the mornin'. Yehaa!!!". From this phrase it is easy to see that ugg has several meanings, depending on the ending. A simple "Ugg" probably means me, my, I, etc, as I don't believe the Tyrannian language is advanced enough to have proper tenses. "Uggah!" Is obviously an interjection that can be used in place of "Wow!", "Cool!", etc. I also think that you can substitute one ugg for another, so if there are two in a sentence you just use one, so instead of using the 'ugg' for I, you can put 'uggh's' in, which are basically just syllables that help to sound out a noun or verb.

The extent of my research in the Neopedia is too great to fit in here. However, I urge you to look up the articles, "Sticks 'n Stones", "Trrgdor, Tyrannian Shopkeeper", "Tyrannian Concert Hall", "Tyrannian Jungle", Tyrannian Plateau", and "Tyranu Evavu". These articles will help you better understand the culture and language of Tyrannia. May I also suggest that Neopian Public Schools consider adding courses on the Tyrannian Language to their schools.

Construct a Phrase in Tyrannian:
1. Openers: Ugg, Aka

2. Middle: Sound out your verbs and nouns using lots of uggah's, ugghs, gals, etc. so it sounds like the word. You can sometimes substitute letters instead of Us on uggas, or put a letter in front of the U.

3. End: If you like, end with an Uggah! Or Gal! If your phrase is exciting.

Additional Resources:
May I also encourage you to check out these other articles: "Tyrannian Language: The Language of Tyrannia", by princess_grunge, and another article which I cannot find *sheepish grin *. Oh, this one too.


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